Struisbaai Holiday Day 15 – Arniston

Stunning weather greeted us this morning.  It was amazing to wake up without back ache – Thank you Steve! At 7:00 am we were once again enjoying an invigorating run down the beach and followed it with a rather chilly swim in the sea.

We found the baby lapwing on the way to the beach

We found the baby lapwing on the way to the beach

A fisherman tried his luck

A fisherman tried his luck

A border collie decided to visit and dig a hole and Simon buried himself in the sand while the family look on

A border collie decides to visit and dig a hole and Simon buries himself in the sand while the family look on

On our return Earl made a special birthday breakfast for Laurie – my precious girl is 33 today!   We sang the birthday song to her and gave her presents and then she set off back to Cape Town where she will celebrate with her friends tonight.

Low tide was at 10ish today and we were to meet up with Monet’s family, visit the cave have a swim and collect Jay and bring him back to Struisbaai with us.

We travelled up in the Fortuner and Allan’s VW Polo. There is a dune road to be negotiated to the place where the climb down to the cave begins. We all squashed into the Fortuner so that we didn’t have to walk from beach parking lot. The kids shrieked when Grandpa pretended to skid and Shan said, Please don’t do that again Grandpa!

We negotiated the slippery rocks and met Monet’s family coming out as we went into the cave.   Jay was clearly enjoying himself.

Making our way gingerly across the slippery wet rocks
Making our way gingerly across the slippery wet rocks
Die Groot Grot

Die Groot Grot

The Cave

The Cave

Shannon emerging from the tunnel

Shannon emerging from the tunnel

When we came back we saw the two young people coming down from the dunes.  Jay was covered in sand as he had rolled down – When you’re on the dune it is compulsory to roll down, he said.  The two of them stood on the running board and hung on as we gave them a lift to the beach parking area.  We are used to no crowds when we come out of season but at this time of the year finding a spot to park proved quite tricky. Of course the spring low tide brought lots of visitors to the cave too.

We joined Monet’s family on the beach and went in for a swim. The water was heavenly.   The kids went in with boogy boards and had a brilliant time surfing the waves.

Jay and Monet taking a wave together

Jay and Monet taking a wave together

Josh, Monet, Jay

Josh, Monet, Jay

All too soon it was time to return to Struisbaai.  We packed Jay’s bike into the back of the Fortuner and made our way home.  Jay told us about his exciting two days.  They had explored the Breede River area, taken bikes into De Hoop Nature reserve and enjoyed an 11 km bike trail and come close to eland, bontebok and zebra.

On route we had to stop for yet another shot of a pair of our beautiful national birds.

A Pair of Blue Crane

A Pair of Blue Crane

We stopped at the market to buy miellies and had them for lunch.   Everybody was pretty whacked and an afternoon nap was called for.  In the evening Allan cooked us a delicious beef stew.

Enjoying lunch

Enjoying lunch

The Rural son-in-law cooking my dinner

The rural son-in-law cooking my dinner

 

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